‚But among these ladies, there was one who topped them all- Helena Köhne ‘
'…the luscious, very funny Ms. Quickly, played by Helena Köhne with her Erda-like voice...'
the press haile HELENA KÖHNE’s portrayal of MS QUICKLY in the premiere at the Weimar National Theatre.
Helena Köhne started her musical studies at the Hamburg Conservatory with Klaus Bülow and completed them at the University of Arts in Berlin with Prof. Jutta Schlegel.
In summer 2003 she achieved her singing diploma and was then vocally coached by Ruthild Engert.
The singer is holder of a scholarship of the Walter Kaminski Foundation and was a semi-finalist of the German National Vocal Competition. Besides, at the Hans Eisler Competition she was awarded with the Prize for the Best Interpretation of Contemporary Music in Nicolai Zinke’s ‘one-woman’ opera SWAP.
She participated in courses with Ingeborg Danz at the international Bach Academy (dir. Helmut Rilling) and in scenic workshops with Vera Nemirova at the Academy of Arts in Berlin.
Helena Köhne is a much sought-after soloist. Works like the Christmas Oratorio, the Mozart Requiem, Saint Saens Oratorio de Noél, Frank Martin’s ‘In Terra Pax’ and various Passions she sang e.g. with the Berlin Philharmonics, at the Hamburg Music Hall, the Oetkerhalle Bielefeld.
‚The highest praise to be awarded though goes to the alto singer Helena Köhne for her interpretation of the Image of Christ in the 3rd part, performed with captivating, narrative expressivity. ‘
‘…first and foremost Helena Köhne. With iridescent, vocal colouring and intense empathy the artist implored the image of the sacrificed Jesus…‘
Guest engagements in numerous operas and operettas brought the artist a.o. to the New Cologne Opera, the theatres of Brandenburg, Freiburg and Kassel and to the Opera Festival „ Oper Oder Spree “. Here, she has enjoyed great triumphs as CZIPRA, PALMATICA, the 3rd DAME, LUCILLA in Rossini’s ‘La scala di seta’, FORTUNATA in Maderna’s ‘Satyricon’ and ULRICA in ‚Un ballo in maschera’.
In spring 2012 Helena Köhne was very successful as the MOTHER in Braunfels’ Opera ‘Die Verkündung’ at the Palatinate Theatre in Kaiserslautern and as FILIPJENA in ‘Eugen Onegin’ at the Görlitz Theatre.
In the season 12/13 she could also be seen as ADELAIDE in ‘Arabella’ and MARTHE SCHWERTLEIN in ‘Faust’ at the Weimar National Theatre, as well as in Mahler’s 8th symphony in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.
In the season 13/14 she made her debut as the OLD BURYA in ‘Jen¨fa’ at the Görlitz Theatre and at the Oldenburg State Theatre she enjoyed great success as FILIPJEWNA in ‚Eugen Onegin’. In the season 14/15 she sang ANNINA at the Wiesbaden State Theatre and ADELAIDE in ‘Der Vogelhändler’ at the Eutin Festival. In the season 15/16 she returned to the Wiesbaden State Theatre as AMME in ‘Boris Godunov’ and portrayed WESENER’S OLD MOTHER in Zimmerrmann’s ‘Die Soldaten’ at May Festival 2016. She once again enjoyed huge successes as ADELAIDE at the Eutin Festival and she sang the 3rd DAME In Barry Kosky’s staging of ‘Die Zauberflöte’ at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona